Private Universities

As James Duderstadt and Farris Womack—authors of the book The Future of the Public University in America: Beyond the Crossroads—note, a private university campus, with its ivy-covered facilities, plaques, statues, and monuments, often conveys the impression of history and tradition. The notion of a private university, at least from a historical standpoint, equates with the ideals of elitism. Private universities are important drivers of advanced research and productivity. Furthermore, graduates of these universities often occupy positions of importance within a variety of spheres.

Defining Features

One of the most noteworthy features of a private university is prestige. Often, the most highly respected and well-known institutions of higher learning are private. For example, the Ivy League (composed of Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, ...

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